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Handbook off Rules and Regulations 

I. Academic Regulations 3-10 

II. Student Judicial Code 10-15 

III. Residence Hall Regulations 15-19 

A. Rules for Student Conduct 15 

B. Sanctions 16 

C. Policy on Excessive Stereo Noise 

in Residence Halls 18 

D. Procedures for Planning a Party 

in a Residence Hall 19 

IV. Student Life Regulations 19-27 

A. Alcohol Policies 19 

1. Pub Rules and Regulations 21 

2. Use of Holmes Dining Commons 

for Special Events 22 

B. Animals on Campus 23 

C. Cafeteria Behavior 23 

D. Confidentiality of Student Records 24 

E. Facilities Reservations 26 

F. Massachusetts Trespass Act 26 

G. Non-Discrimination 26 

H. Parking Regulations 27 

I. Past-Due Student Accounts 27 



Fitchburg State College is empowered 
by the Board of Trustees of the 
Massachusetts State College System to 
offer the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, 
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of 
Science in Education, and Master in 

Bachelor of Arts. The degree of 
Bachelor of Arts is offered in the 
following fields: Biology, Chemistry, 
Computer Science, English, Geography, 
History, Mathematics, Physics, 
Psychology, Sociology. 

Bachelor of Science. The degree of 
Bachelor of Science is offered in the 
following fields: Biology, Business 
Administration, Chemistry, Communi- 
cations/Media, Computer Science, 
Geography, History, Human Services, 
Industrial Science, Mathematics, 
Medical Technology, Nursing, Physics, 
Psychology, Sociology. 

Bachelor of Science in Education. The 

degree of Bachelor of Science in 
Education is offered in the following 
fields: Biology, Chemistry, Early 
Childhood, Elementary, English, 
Geography, History, Industrial Arts, 
Mathematics, Physics, Special 

Master of Education. The degree of 
Master of Education is offered in the 
following areas of specialization: 
Counseling, Creative Arts, Elementary 
Education, Industrial Education, 
Mathematics Education, Occupational 
Education, Reading, School Leadership, 
School Psychology, Science Education, 
Special Education, The Teaching of 
English, The Teaching of History. 
Further information regarding these 
programs may be obtained through the 
Office of Graduate and Continuing 

Master of Arts in Teaching. The degree 
of Master of Arts in Teaching is offered 
in English. Further information 
regarding this program may be 
obtained through the Office of Graduate 
and Continuing Education. 


Academic and general advice is 
available to all undergraduates 
throughout their enrollment at 
Fitchburg State College. Through the 
department chairman and the Dean of 
Undergraduate Studies, each student is 
assigned an academic advisor 
knowledgeable in the student's major 
academic subject area. 

Each student is encouraged to consult 
the academic advisor at any time 
during the semester regarding any 
problems encountered. Individual 
instructors, department chairmen and 
the Dean of Undergraduate Studies are 
also available for academic counseling 
throughout the semester. 

Each student must consult with his/her 
academic advisor before registering for 
courses. The academic advisor will 
then sign and forward the registration 
materials to the Registrar of the 
College for processing. All faculty at 
the College are available to students for 
five hours a week or by appointment. 
Their office hours are posted in 
departments and are also available in 
the office of the Vice President for 
Academic Affairs. 
Faculty advisors are allowed to 
approve student schedules of between 
12 and 18 Semester Hours (S.H.). 
Students wishing to enroll for courses 
outside of these limits must obtain the 
permission of their academic advisor 
and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. 
All students will conform to the 
curriculum requirements at the time of 
their matriculation to the College. 
However, the College reserves the right 
to alter the curriculum requirements 
where it becomes necessary to meet 
statutory, educational, or professional 
requisites or to assure quality 
educational programs. 


Academic honesty involves the kind of 
responsibility and ethical standards 
which one should expect in a 
professional person. 

Any instance in which a person 
passes in another's work as his own is 
dishonesty. This includes plagiarism 
as well as other forms of copying. 
Direct quotations from any sources in a 
report must be placed in quotation 
marks and properly documented. 

Students are likewise responsible for 
preventing copying. A student who 
provides the opportunity for someone 
to copy or loans his/her paper to 
someone is not maintaining standards 
and will also be subject to disciplinary 


In the absence of a departmental policy, 
requirements regarding student 
attendance at classes will be 
determined by each faculty member and 
so announced to the students at the 
beginning of each course and stated in 
the course syllabus. 

Class attendance is a matter for 
instructor and student to consider. It is 
the prerogative of the instructor to 
place a value on class attendance and it 
is the instructor's duty to inform 
students of these views early in the 
semester and to state the policy in the 
course syllabus. Students will not be 
dropped from class on basis of 

It is the responsibility of each 
instructor to maintain a record of 
attendance for students in classes. 
Should the need arise for verification 
of a student's attendance, direct 
reference will be made to the faculty 
member involved. 

Where validation of an absence is 
available through any source, it is 
recommended that the student show the 
validation to all instructors concerned 
and then place it on file in the 
Registrar's Office or the Student Life 

It is the responsibility of each student 
to consult with his/her professors prior 
to an absence or immediately upon 
his/her return. 



Students are permitted to audit courses, 
but must have the approval of the 
instructor. A record of audited courses 
does not appear on the student's official 


All senior education majors are 
responsible for checking graduation 
requirements and certification 
procedures at the beginning of their 
senior year. Certification procedures 
will be discussed at scheduled meetings 
early in the semester. For further 
information, contact the Registrar's 


During the first and second week of 
each semester students are allowed to 
change their schedule of classes 
through the use of an Add/ Drop form 
and with appropriate approval. A 
student must have the approval of the 
course instructor in order to add or 
drop a course during this period and 
must have the approval of the Dean of 
Undergraduate Studies and the 
academic advisor if this change in 
schedule results in less than 12 or more 
than 18 S.H. of course work. Add/ Drop 
forms are available from the Office of 
the Registrar. 


Any student who desires to change his 
major course of study should obtain the 
appropriate form from the Office of the 
Registrar, and secure the signatures of 
the chairmen of both the department to 
be entered and the department being 

Department chairmen will offer advice 
and assistance and will assign the 
student a new academic advisor. A 
student must then satisfy the 
requirements of the new major 
program according to the catalog of the 
year of the matriculation. 

Each student should promptly report 
any change of name or address to the 
Registrar's Office so that his or her 
permanent record can be altered 


In the event of inclement weather the 
cancellation of classes will be reported 
on WBZ, WEIM, WFGL, WTAG, and 
WLMS radio stations. 

Faculty absences are posted daily on 
the Sanders Building and Thompson 
Hall Bulletin Boards and at the Campus 
Center Information Desk. If a faculty 
member fails to meet a class within 
twenty minutes of its scheduled 
starting time, students may assume the 
class will not be held. 


The primary goal of the College Level 
Examination Program (CLEP) is to 
make it possible for an individual to 
earn college credit on the basis of 
examinations. CLEP is a program of 
the College Entrance Examination 
Board. The CLEP examinations are 
very useful for traditional and 
regularly enrolled students, but they 
are especially valuable for people 
whose learning experiences have taken 
place primarily outside college 


General Policy: Appropriate credit can 
be granted on the basis of general 
and/or individual Subject Examination 
results. However, a student may not be 
awarded more than 60 college credits 
through the CLEP program. 

Specific Policies: 

1. Credit for, or waiver of courses 
will be recorded only for students who 

have matriculated at Fitchburg State 

2. Credit earned or requirements 
waived will be recorded by the 
Registrar upon receipt of an official 
score report from the College Entrance 
Examination Board. In recording 
results from Examinations for which 
an essay or practical examination is 
required, approval from the major 
department will be necessary. 
(Approval = Pass/ Fail.) 

3. Credit for the General, or for any 
of the Subject Examinations will not be 
granted if the student has completed 
satisfactorily, one or more of the 
courses listed as equivalent courses to 
or having similar content to a CLEP 

4. In order to receive transfer credit 
obtained under CLEP from another 
institution, the applicant must have a 
score which is equal to or greater than 
that score which is the required 
minimum for credit at Fitchburg State 

5. The minimum score recommended 
for each CLEP Examination is based 
upon the Median (50%) score obtained 
by students in the normative group. 

6. The credit award for each CLEP 
Examination is based upon the 
candidate attaining a score equivalent 
to or greater than the scores listed. The 
median scores, equivalent courses, 
credit hours, and policies specific to the 
General Examination and Subject 
Examination are available in the 
Counseling and Career Center. 

Advanced Placement Examination 

Students who score 4 or 5 on the 
Advanced Placement Examination will 
receive advanced placement in the area 
tested but no credit will be awarded. 

Exemption from English Composition 

Students scoring 600 on the SAT Verbal 
Test of the CEEB English Achievement 
Test, as well as those who have done 
consistently well in high school 
English, are advised to take a CLEP 
exam for possible exemption from and 
possible credit for English Composition 
I and II. 


CAPS allows students at Fitchburg 
State College to attend another of the 
Massachusetts State Colleges. The 
purpose of the program is to allow 
students to enroll in up to 30 semester 
hours of courses in another state 
college without going through formal 
registration procedures. 

CAPS affords students in the 
Massachusetts State College System an 
opportunity to enjoy a broad 
educational experience with a wide 
range of faculty, programs, and 
facilities. The CAPS program is not 
open to freshmen. 



1. This policy shall be periodically 
evaluated to determine its 
appropriateness in terms of the 
education objectives of Fitchburg State 

2. The Subject Examinations of 
CLEP are constantly being expanded to 
include additional subject areas. As 
soon as score interpretation material is 
available for evaluation, additional 
CLEP Examinations will be added. The 
granting of credit for these new Subject 
Exams should follow the general policy 
suggested in this Policy Statement. 

Among the many organizations on 
campus, the All-College Committee 
plays a central and vital role. The 
Committee is composed of five 
students, five faculty members and five 
administrators, elected by their peers. 
The Committee shares in governance in 
matters which concern the whole 
College Community. The Committee 
not only deals with problems which 
arise, but also recommends policy in 
areas affecting the entire College 


Recognition of academic excellence is 
noted by the Dean's List and notation of 
Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, 
and Cum Laude at graduation. A 
student is placed on the Dean's List for 
the semester if an average grade of 3.20 
or better is attained, and the student is 
attending the college full time. 

Graduation honors are noted for 
recognition of an outstanding 
cumulative average. A student 
graduates with highest honor, Summa 
Cum Laude, if the cumulative academic 
average is 3.80 or higher. Similarly a 
student will be graduate with high 
honor, Magna Cum Laude, if the 
cumulative average is 3.50 or higher, 
and is graduated with honor, Cum 
Laude, with an average of 3.20 or better. 


A full time student must take 12 or 
more semester hours of college credit. 
A student taking less than 12.S.H. is in 
danger of losing veterans' benefits, 
some scholarships and participation in 
varsity sports. A student who is not 
registered for 12 S.H. will not be on the 
Dean's List of the College. 


It is the intent of Fitchburg State 
College that all students be generally 
and liberally educated. To this end 
each student is required to take a 
distribution of courses in the various 
disciplines. All baccalaureate 
candidates at Fitchburg State College 
are required to take a minimum of 60 
S.H. in general education courses. In 
addition to the required courses in 
English Composition, Speech, and 
Health and Fitness, the credits are 
distributed among mathematics and the 
sciences, the social sciences and the 
humanities. The humanities and social 
sciences each have a 15 S.H. 
requirement, while the math/ science 
area is satisfied by taking four courses 
distributed among the disciplines. No 

more than eight S.H. of one discipline 
may be used to satisfy any of the three 

The humanities requirements may be 
fulfilled by any course in art, music, 
literature, speech, foreign languages or 
philosophy. Similarly, the social 
sciences requirement may be fulfilled 
by taking courses in any of the 
following disciplines: history, 
economics, geography, government, 
political science, psychology, 
sociology, or anthropology. Finally, 
the math/ science distributional 
requirement may be satisfied by taking 
courses in mathematics, biology, 
chemistry, computer science, physics, 
physical science, earth science, 
astronomy, meteorology, or geology. A 
professional or teacher education 
course will not satisfy a general 
education requirement . Physical 
education courses may be used as 
electives for general education. 


A student is in good academic standing 
if by the end of both the second 
semester of the freshman year and the 
first semester of the sophomore year 
the student has obtained a cumulative 
academic average of 1.75 and maintains 
a 2.00 cumulative average thereafter. A 
student who is not in good academic 
standing is either on academic 
probation or dismissed from the 

A student must have an overall 
cumulative average of 2.00 for 
graduation, as well as an average of 
2.00 in his major courses. 


The grades given academic work at 
Fitchburg State College run from 
through 4 (0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4). Zero 
indicates academic failure for a course. 
1 or 1.5 is poor but passing, 2 or 2.5 is 
average, 3 Or 3.5 is good and 4 is 

excellent. Quality points are 
determined by the following 
process: The number of semester hours 
in each course is first multiplied by the 
grade. Thus a student who takes five, 
three semester hour courses and 
receives two grades of 3 (18), two 
grades of 2 (12) and a grade of 1.5 (4.5) 
has a total of 34.5 points to be divided 
by the total of semester hours 
attempted (15) and attains a quality 
point average of 2.3 for the semester. 
An average of 3.2 or better qualifies a 
student for the Dean's List. 

IN is recorded for incomplete, W for 
withdrawal, and CR for credit. 


In order to graduate from Fitchburg 
State College with a baccalaureate 
degree, a student must have 
successfully completed both the 
required courses as well as the total 
number of semester hours necessary 
for his major program. He must have 
attained at least a 2.00 cumulative 
average in the total program as well as 
in his major field. Before graduation 
the student shall have completed a 
minimum of 30 S.H. at the college 
which is normally undertaken in the 
senior year. A requirement specific to 
some education degrees is the 
completion of the National Teachers 
Examination. All students at the 
College must file with the Registrar not 
later than February 1 of the year of 

According to state law graduates of the 
College must demonstrate a knowledge 
of the United States Constitution and 
the Constitution of Massachusetts. 
Students may meet these requirements 
by passing a written examination 
administered by the Department of 
Social Sciences. A pamphlet giving 
further information about the 
examination and a study guide may be 
obtained from the college bookstore. 
Students who successfully complete PS 
10, PS 20, PS 22, HI 21 or HI 22 are 
excused from the examination. 


In order to meet the Health and Fitness 
requirement, students may select one of 
the following options: 

1. One course from Option I; 

2. Three courses from Option II; 

3. Two courses from Option II and 
one from Option III. 

Option I includes Health and Fitness, 
Excerise and Sport Science, and 
Athletic Training and Conditioning. 

Option II includes constitutional 
Morphology, Introduction to 
Kinesiology, Consumer Health, 
Perceptual Motor Learning and Motor 
Performance, Diet, Exercise and Weight 
Control, Figure Control through Weight 
Training, Orientation to Physical 
Activity, Weight Training for 
Athletes, First Aid and Safety, Jogging, 
Sports Concepts, and Pyschology of 

Option III includes Physical Education: 
an overview, Behavioral Concepts of 
Sport, Fundamentals of Coaching, 
Recreational Leadership, Independent 
Study, Camp Counseling, Physical 
Education in the Elementary School, 
Handball, Gymnastics, Volleyball, 
Tennis, Badminton, Judo, Karate, Cross 
Country Skiing, Skiing, Backpacking, 
Mountain Leadership, Canoeing, Folk 
Dance, Aerobics, Rhythmics, Physical 
Conditioning, Soccer, Basketball, 
Advanced Basketball, Softball, 
Advanced Tennis, Slimnastics, 
Advanced Volleyball, Recreational 
Sports, Downhill Skiing, and Beginning 


The grade of Incomplete (IN) is given 
only if at least 80% of the course work 
has been completed at the time of 
discontinuance due to illness or similar 
disability. Incomplete grades must be 
made up within four weeks after the 

opening of the following semester. The 
"IN" becomes an "F" grade if the 
student fails to make up the work and 
fails to take the Final Examination 
within the prescribed time limit. 
Incomplete grades do not affect a 
student's dismissal or retention by the 


Students may pursue Independent 
Study under the supervision of a 
faculty member. Only 3 S.H. of 
Independent Study may be attempted in 
one semester. If a student needs to take 
more than 3 S.H. of Independent Study, 
permission must be received from the 
Dean of Undergraduate Studies. 


If a student fails a course, his grade for 
that course is zero. It will be crossed 
out when the course is retaken and 
passed. In this manner a student may 
raise his/her cumulative average. A 
student may not retake a course in 
which a grade of "D" was given and 
have the second grade counted in his 


evidenced by use of currently 
acceptable levels of English. 

3. The successful completion of the 
tuberculin test. 

4. The Teacher Education Council 
requires that each candidate for 
student teaching possess a 2.00 
cumulative index and a 2.50 index in 
the major field of study, as each 
department defines "major field." No 
incomplete in any course is allowed. 
No probationary status is allowed. No 
unresolved failure is permitted in a 
candidate's major field. 

5. A student convicted of a felony as 
defined and identified by the courts of 
any state is automatically ineligible for 
a teacher education program. 

6. All transfer students are required 
to take 12 S.H. from at least three 
different professors within their 
respective departments prior to student 

Appeals to any of the above should be 
directed to the secretary of the Teacher 
Education Council. 

NOTE: An incomplete or failure in 
student teaching necessitates the 
repetition of the course. Each student 
must furnish transportation to the 
teaching assignments. 

The President's List honors students for 
consistent high academic acheivement. 
The student is named to the President's 
List when he or she has achieved a 
semester average of 3.75 or higher for 
three successive semesters. However, 
should the student drop below 3.75 for a 
semester, even though the cumulative 
average remains 3.75 or higher based 
upon previous semesters' achievement, 
the student is ineligible for the 
President's List. 



The Modern Language Style Manual for 
writing is the official style manual for 
Fitchburg State College unless 
modified by individual departments for 
needs particular to their discipline. 


Transcripts are available from the 
Office of the Registrar and will be sent 
at the request of a student for a charge 
of one dollar. 

1. Positive recommendation of a 
majority of the faculty members in the 
area of the major and/ or specialization. 

2. A demonstrated effectiveness in 
oral and written communication as 


Students contemplating withdrawal 
from the College should discuss their 
plans with a representative from either 
the Counseling and Career Center, the 
AID Office, or the Dean of 
Undergraduate Studies. Information 
and assistance about withdrawal and 
withdrawal forms may be obtained 
from any of these offices. Properly 
completed withdrawal forms must be 
returned to the Student Life Office in 
the Sanders Administration Building. 


Students may withdraw from a course 
during the first two weeks of the 
semester without penalty by notifying 
the instructor and the Registrar, using 
the Add /Drop from obtainable from the 
Registrar's Office. Between the end of 
the second and the end of the twelfth 
week of classes, students may withdraw 
by obtaining the permission of the 
instructor and faculty advisor. 
Students who withdraw during this 
period will receive a grade of "W." Any 
student who fails to follow these 
procedures will automatically receive 
an "F" (grade "0") for the course. A 
student who withdraws from a course 
after the twelfth week of a semester 
will be assinged an "F" grade unless 
extenuating circumstances warrant 
further consideration. 


I. The Student Judicial Board shall 
be composed of five (5) members: 

A. Student Welfare Chairperson 
or designee, subject to the 
approval of the Student 
Government Association 

B. One member of the Student 
Government Associaiton 
Council to be elected by 
majority vote of Council. 

C. Three students to be selected 
by a majority vote of the 
Student Government 
Association Executive Board 
(hereafter, the Committee) 
and one to serve as an 
alternate from among those 
students who petition for the 
position, subject to approval 
by majority vote of Council. 

1. there shall be well- 
publicized notice of 
openings in the Judicial 

2. any full-time student in 
good standing shall be 
eligible to petition the 

II. There shall also be chosen, by 
majority vote of the Committee, 
and subject to the approval by a 
majority of Council, from the 
students who petition for the 
position, a student who shall 
serve as Hearing Officer. The 
Hearing Officer shall: 

A. Receive and determine the 
validity of all complaints for 
prosecution brought before 
him or her. 

B. Prosecute action heard by 
the Board. 

C. Have any powers necessary 
to do so which are not 
inconsistent with these or 
any other college regulations 

III. The term of office for each 
Judicial Board member and for 
the Hearing Officer, shall be one 

(1) year. The aforementioned are 
eligible for a maximum of two 

(2) terms or portions thereof. If 
any Judicial board member, or 
the Hearing Officer, should be 
unable to complete the term, a 
replacement will be chosen by 
the Committee. 

IV. The Student Government 
Associaiton Council may hear 
motions for dismissal of any 


Judicial board member or the 
Hearing Officer, for improper 
conduct or abuse of that position 
The Council shall allow a 
hearing for the Judicial Board 
member or Hearing Officer to 
explain his conduct, and then 
shall vote on the motion. A 
three-fourths (%) vote of the 
Council shall be required for 
dismissal. Any Judicial Board 
member or Hearing Officer who 
has been properly dismissed is 
not eligible to serve another 

V. Procedure: 

There shall be one meeting of 
the Judicial Board as soon as 
possible after its selection, for 
the purpose of setting up 
internal operating procedures. 
A copy of these procedures will 
be made available to any student 
upon request, and shall be filed 
with the Student Govenment 
Association secretary. 

A. Any member of the College 
community may bring a 
complaint before either the 
Hearing Officer or the 
appropriate Vice President's 
Office within fourteen (14) 
days of discovery of alleged 
misconduct by a student. 

B. Any complaint arising from 
the residence halls may be 
referred to the appropriate 
residence hall judicial board. 

C. Within forty-eight (48) hours 
of receipt of such notification 
and providing that the 
Hearing Officer or Vice 
President find such a 
complaint reasonable, the 
Hearing Officer or the Vice 
President's office shall 
deliver written notice to the 
student charged. Such notice 
shall include: 

1. the alleged offense 

2. the name of the party 
making the complaint 


3. the time and place of 
the hearing 

4. that failure to appear 
will result in the case 
being heard in the 
charged student's 

5. information of his/her 
right to know the 
names of the witnesses 
against him/her; to 
present witnesses in 
his/her behalf; and/ or 
to request a reasonable 
postponement of the 
hearing date 

6. a copy of these 

7. information for 
arranging a 
consultation with that 
office bringing action. 

D. The accused shall have the 
right to choose to have 
his/her case heard either by 
the appropriate Vice 
President or by the Judicial 
Board. This decision, once 
made, is binding on the 

E. In case of a complaint 
dealing with academic 
violations, the complaining 
party will bring a complaint 
forward to the Academic 
Vice President. The 
Academic Vice President 
will then, as in Section C, 
notify the accused of pending 

F. In case of a complaint 
dealing with academic 
honesty, the Academic 
Vice President's office will 
be requested to have 
representation in all 
hearings pertaining to the 

G. A hearing shall be within 
five (5) school days of the 
original notification to the 
Hearing Officer unless the 
Judicial Board, at its 
discretion, grants a delay to 

the accused. All hearings 
are open only to those taking 
part in the proceedings, and, 
a witness may not testify 
in the absence of the accused 
unless the accused fails to 
appear and the hearing is 
held in his/her absence. 

H. The members of the Judicial 
Board shall select a 
chairperson who shall conduct 
the proceedings of the Board 
for one full year. 
I. A quorum shall be four 

members. In case a quorum 
is not present, the Chairperson 
shall dismiss the hearing to 
the earliest possible time a 
quorum may be constituted 
within the next two class 

J. A member of the Judicial 
Board who is in any way an 
interested party to a 
proceeding shall disqualify 
himself/ herself from the 

K. The accused shall have the 
right to question all 

L. The hearing shall be 

conducted in an informal 
manner. Rules of evidence 
need not be applied, and the 
Judicial Board, by unanimous 

vote, may decide whether to 
consider any piece of 
evidence presented. 

M. The Chairperson may 
adjourn or recess the 
proceedings at any time 
during the proceedings, 
providing the proceedings 
reconvene within five school 

N. In reaching a decision, the 
Judicial Board shall consider 
only matters introduced into 
evidence at the hearing. 

O. Any decision of the Judicial 
Board must be arrived at by 
a majority vote of those 

P. Within two (2) class days of a 
hearing, the Judicial Board 
shall deliver to the accused 
and to the President of the 
College, a written notice of 
its decision, including its 
recommended sanction, and 
notice to the accused of his 
right to appeal. 

Q. All proceedings of the 

Judicial Board will be tape- 
recorded. A copy of this 
recording will be available 
to the accused for the 
purpose of preparing an 
appeal; and then will be 
turned over to the office of 
the appropriate Vice President. 

VI. Appeal Board: 


The Appeal Board shall 
consist of three (3) members, 
two of which shall constitute 
a quorum: 

1. One (1) student - not a 
member of the Judicial 
Board, to be chosen by 
the Committee 

2. One (1) faculty - to be 
chosen by the Faculty 
Association or the 
President of the College 
in the absence of a 
nomination from the 
Faculty Association 

3. One (1) administrator - 
to be chosen by the 
President of the College. 

The term of office for each 
appeal board member shall 
be one (1) year. If any 
appeal board member should 
be unable to complete the 
term, a replacement will be 
chosen by the appropriate 
segment of the community. 

There shall be one meeting 
of the Appeals Board as soon 
as possible after its selection 
for the purpose of setting up 
internal operating 


procedures. A copy of these 
procedures shall be made 
available to any member of 
the college community upon 

D. The accused may, within 
five (5) class days of the 
Judicial Board decision, 
request an appeal to the 
Appeals Board. 

E. Within two (2) class days the 
Appeal Board shall notify 
the accused of its decision to 
hear or not hear the appeal. 

F. A hearing shall be within 
five (5) school days of the 
decision to hear the appeal 
unless the Appeals Board, at 
its discretion, grants a delay 
to the accused. All hearings 
are open only to those taking 
part in the proceedings, and, 
in no case, will a witness 
testify in the absence of the 

G. The members of the Appeals 
Board shall select a chair- 
person who shall conduct the 
proceedings of the board for 
one full year. 

H. The same basic procedure 
presented in section V, parts 
K, L, M, N, O, P, and Q shall 
be used by the Appeals 
Board when considering 

VII. Violations: 

The Judicial Board System will 
hear violations of: 

1. Academic Honesty - students 
are expected not to give or 
receive help during tests; 
not to submit papers or 
reports (that are supposed to 
be original work) which are 

not entirely their own; and 
to cite source materials 

2. Representing oneself as 
another person with or 
without that person's 

3. Tampering with or falsifying 
any College record or official 
document or the records of 
judicial groups, or 
knowingly submitting false 
information or incorporation 
in such records. 

4. Falsifying, or obtaining 
through false pretenses, 
parking stickers, College 
I.D.'s, or other indicators of 
special campus privileges. 

5. Theft on campus or during a 
college-sponsored activity. 

6. Vandalism on campus or 
during a college-sponsored 

7. Physical assaults, 
interference, harassment of 
another person, any action 
which may subject a student 
or any other person to 
physical or mental danger, 
or injury, or endanger 
him/her in any way. 

8. Possession or consumption 
of alcoholic beverages or use 
of drugs on campus in 
violation of the campus 

9. False reports of fire or other 
dangerous conditions (except 
those resulting from 
reasonable error or accident). 

10. Possession or use on campus 
or at a College-sponsored 
activity of fireworks, 


firearms, or other hazardous 
or dangerous weapons or 

11. Assault, threat, or verbal 
abuse upon any member of 
the faculty, administration, 
student body, or staff at the 

12. Any violation of the Student 
Bill of Rights and 
Responsibilities as passed 
by the Student Government 
Association and the Student 
Advisory Commission. 

13. Failure to adhere to any 
college policy stated in the 
current college Catalogue, 
Student Survival Manual or 
Handbook of Rules and 

14. Any special case that the 
Hearing Officer deems 
worthy (necessary) of a 

VIII. Sanctions: 

The Judicial Board System may 
impose any of the following 


A warning or advice that 
certain conduct has been 


A written reprimand. The 
writing will also state that 
further occurrence of the 
given offense may be 
considered with prejudice by 
future Judicial Board action. 

Compensation for damage or 
offense committed through 
the payment of money or 
through appropriate work 
requirement related to the 
offense, which work in no 


way degrades the individual 
or inhibits academic 


A levy of a fine up to three 
times the value of property 
taken from a rightful owner 
without authorization, or 
property wilfully damaged, 
destroyed or abused. Money 
collected in excess of 
property value will be turned 
over to a Student Loan Fund 
or Scholarship Fund. 


A period of time during 
which a student's actions are 
subject to close examination. 
Offenses committed during 
this period will be 
considered with prejudice by 
the Judicial Board. 


A student may be denied 
access to any college 
building, area, activity, 
class, or academic program. 

A suspended removal from 
the College for a period of 
one or two semesters or 
balance thereof. Any proven 
offense committed during 
this period will cause the 
suspension to take effect 
for the balance of the period 
in addition to the sanction 
given for the latest offense. 


Removal from the College 
for a period of one or two 
semesters or balance thereof. 
No registration, class 
attendance, participation in 
co-curricular activities, or 
College housing will be 
permitted during this time. 

The President of the College 
may act to remove 
immediately from the 
campus as necessary any 
student who may be acting 
contrary to the safety or 
well-being of himself/ herself, 
others, or the property of the 

Removal from the College. 
Review for readmittance will 
be granted only after 
expiration of two calendar 
years from time of removal. 

semester by the Student Welfare 
Committees of the All-College 
Committee and the Student 
Government Association. 


Permanent removal from the 

L. The Judicial Board shall 
maintain all records 
pertaining to a particular 
student for a reasonable time 
after a sanction is imposed 
unless the Judicial Board 
specifies otherwise in 
compliance with Federal and 
State regulations. 

M. All decisions of the Judicial 
Board are subject to final 
approval of the President of 
the College. 


Any student may waive any of 
his rights hereunder, including 
the student's right to a hearing. 
By agreement of the Hearing 
Officer and the students who are 
parties to any action, a step in 
the hearing procedure may be 
postponed for the purpose of 
resolution by agreement of 


The rules and regulations and 
the operation of the Judicial 
Board shall be evaluated no later 
than six (6) weeks after the 
beginning of the second 


Rules for Student Conduct 

Residents are accountable for any 
behavior which infringes on individual 
and group rights, and/ or jeopardizes 
the health and safety of individuals and 
property. All residents must abide by 
these regulations, as well as College 
and State Regulations. Individual 
residence hall rules and regulations 
shall also be obeyed to the extent to 
which they do not conflict with these 
regulations. Violations of these 
regulations may result in the resident's 
dismissal from the residence hall or 
other sanctions in accordance with 
College administrative procedures. 

1. Tampering with fire fighting 
equipment, turning in false 
alarms or making a bomb threat 
will result in immediate 
suspension from the residence 
hall. A resident who refuses to 
cooperate with residence hall 
staff and security personnel will 
be suspended from the residence 

2. Athletic endeavors within or in 
the general area of the residence 
hall are prohibited unless 
authorized by the residence hall 


3. Residents are held responsible 
and accountable for the behavior 
and the actions of their guests. 

4. The following quiet hours are in 
effect in all residence halls: 
Sunday-Thursday 9:00pm - 
9:00am.; Friday and Saturday 
11:00pm - 9:00am. At all other 
times consideration for the rights 
of other residents and neighbors 
to sleep, study, and socialize in 
and around the residence halls in 
conditions of reasonable quiet 
must be exercised. No parties will 
be permitted within the residence 
halls, except in conformance with 
guidelines established by the 
residence hall staffs. Provisions 
regarding quiet hours may be 
altered by individual residence 
hall councils, but only to make 
them stricter. The specific 
provisions of the Stereo Noise 
Policy must be complied with. 

5. Threats, verbal abuse, or assaults 
on any residence hall staff 
members (including Deskworkers, 
Resident Assistants, Head 
Residents, and Student Life 
Staff members) are gounds for 
immediate suspension from the 
residence hall and further college 
disciplinary proceedings. 

6. Students are also expected to 
abide by all regulations contained 
in the College Catalogue, 
Handbook, of Rules and 
Regulations, and Residence Hall 

7. Entry to resident rooms: College 
housing personnel may enter 
student rooms at any time for 
health and safety related 
emergencies and will enter rooms 
upon reasonable notice, during 
non-vaction periods and at any 
time during vacation periods in 
order to make routine 
maintenance repairs and safety 
checks and to insure that 
residence hall regulations are 

being complied with. Regular 
room checks will be conducted 
upon the closing of the residence 
halls for vacation periods for 
health and safety reasons by the 
residence hall staffs. 

8. Cleanliness: Students are 
responsible for the cleanliness of 
their rooms and must maintain 
reasonable sanitation and safety 
standards. Waste materials should 
be removed regularly. Students 
are responsible for cleaning their 
rooms. If the College must clean 
the room, an appropriate charge 
will be assessed to the resident. 
Rooms will be checked 
periodically for cleaniness by the 
residence hall staff. 

9. Pets: For health and safety 
reasons, no animal or pet of any 
kind is permitted within the 

residence halls unless otherwise 
permitted by the Director of 

10. Overnight Non-Residents: The 
host resident is responisble for the 
non-resident's actions while in the 
building; each residence hall's 
parietal rules must be observed. 
The host resident is responsible 
for the non-resident's actions 
while in the building. If another 
resident's bed and room are to be 
used, permission for use must be 
in writing. 

11. Visitation Policy: Residents are 
permitted to entertain non- 
residents in accordance with the 
visitation policies in effect in each 
residence hall. Violations of these 
policies are grounds for 
disciplinary action. 

12. Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted 
in the residence halls in violation 
of state laws. Alcohol is not 
permitted in public areas (halls, 
lounges, stairwells, lobbies. 



elevators, bathrooms). Party 
registration guidelines must be 
complied with. 

Drugs: All illegal drugs are 
prohibited in the residence halls. 

14. Weapons: The possession, 
maintainenance, or discharge of 
firearms of any nature or 
description (fireworks, any other 
device of any explosive nature, 
bows, arrows, crossbows, 
slingshots or any other 
instrument which could be 
considered a weapon) is 
prohibited in or about the 
residence halls. 

15. Cooking and Washing Appliances: 
The use of cooking, heating, and 
washing appliances is prohibited 
in the resident's room. 

16. Solicitations: Commercial 
activities, solicitations or 
advertisement are not permitted in 
the buildings or on the grounds of 
the College residence halls except 
when permission has been 
specifically granted by the 
Director of Housing. 

17. Use and Treatment of Premises: 
No objects may be dropped or 
thrown from windows. Residents 
may not enter upon, cross or use 
rooftops or fire excapes in any 
manner without specific written 
authorization from the Housing 
Office. Tampering with locks and 
altering or duplicating college 
keys are prohibited. Lounge 
furniture may not be moved to 
resident rooms. Removing 
window screens without 
permission from the Housing 
Office and/ or sitting on window 
sills or leaning out of windows is 

18. Apartment Complex: Students are 
on notice that the Apartment 
Complex is considered a College 
residence hall and is therefore 

subject to all relevant College 
Housing rules, regulations and 

19. Theft and/or vandalism on 
campus or during a college- 
sponsored activity is strictly 

20. Physical assaults, interference, 
harassment of another person, any 
action which may subject a 
student or any other person to 
physical or mental danger, or 
injury, or endanger him/her in 
any way are grounds for 
disciplinary action. 

21. Failure to comply with Judicial 
Board decisions and/ or actions 
will result in action by the 
Director of Housing and/or the 
Vice President for Student 


The system of major violations and 
minor violations is hereby done away 
with. Each individual case must be 
dealt with on its own merits. However, 
a student's behavioral history, based on 
judicial records of all the residence 
halls, may be considered in deciding on 
a sanction. The following sanctions 
may be imposed. 


A warning or advice that certain 
conduct has been offensive. 


A written reprimand. The writing 
will also state that further 
occurrence of the given offense 
may be considered with prejudice 
by future Judicial Board action. 

Compensation for damage or 
offense committed through the 
payment of money or through 
appropriate work requirement 
related to the offense which work 
in no way degrades the individual 
or inhibits academic progress. 



A levy of a fine up to three times 
the value of property taken from a 
rightful owner without 
authorization, or property 
willfully damaged, destroyed or 
abused. Money collected in excess 
of property value will be turned 
over to the residence hall 


A period of time during which a 
student's actions are subject to 
close examination. Offenses 
committed during this period will 
be considered with prejudice by 
the Judicial Board. 

resident is expected to take the 
initiative in requesting in a polite way 
that the noise be alleviated. 

Fitchburg State College has established 
the following policy for its resident 
staff regarding abuse of the stereo 

1. RA's, Head Residents and other 
Student Life staff members 
have the authority to give verbal 
warnings to students who, in their 
judgment, are playing their 
stereos too loud in disregard of 
the rights of others. An informal 
record of these warnings will be 


A student may be denied access to 
any residence hall or part of a 
residence hall. 

G. Suspension of visitation 
privileges for guests. 

H. Suspension from dorm activities. 

I. Any case resulting in restriction 
from a residence hall may be 
referred to the Campus Judicial 
Board for further action. 

J. All decisions of the Judicial 
Board are subject to final 
approval of the Vice President for 
Student Services. 



Fitchburg State College supports the 
right of the members of its community 
to live and work in an atmosphere 
conducive to educational pursuits. One 
important element of this atmosphere 
is a minimal level of noise, particularly 
from stereos. Each resident has the 
responsibility to use his or her stereo 
in such a way as not to disturb other 
residents of the building or neighboring 
homes or classrooms buildings. 
Furthermore, if a resident believes that 
there is excessive stereo noise coming 
from one part of a building, that 

2. After one verbal warning the 
student is to be referred to the 
Head Resident who will take 
appropriate action. Upon referral, 
the Head Resident must warn the 
student that any further abuse of 
his/her stereo privilege will 
result in the loss of the 
privilege. However, the Head 
Resident may exercise the 
following options, depending on 
the facts presented: 

1. The Head Resident may refer 
the case to the Residence 
Hall Judicial Board. 

2. The Head Resident may 
recommend that the student 
be removed from the 
residence halls immediately. 

3. The Head Resident may 
recommend that the student's 
stereo privilege be revoked. 

4. The Head Resident may 
recommend that the student 
not be returned to the 
residence halls for the 
following year. 

3. Upon recommendation of the Head 
Resident or Judicial Board, the 
Housing Office will take 
appropriate action and may alter 

the recommendation in light of the facts 

4. A student or group of students 
may be referred directly to the 
Director of Housing in the event 
of a flagrant or abusive violation. 



A group of people who plan to gather 
for a social purpose must register their 
party. Registering of a party does not 
exempt the hosts or guests from any 
residence hall regulations regarding 
noise levels, behavior or consideration 
of fellow residents. Parties must be 
scheduled in accordance with residence 
hall quiet hours and are not permitted 
from Sunday through Thursday 
evenings. Exceptions may be made by 
the Dorm Council and the Head 
Resident in case of holidays or special 
occasions. The following procedures 
are to be followed in the planning of all 

1. Notify a Resident Advisor and file 
a party registration form at least 

2 days in advance. In the case of a 
party arising spontaneously, 
residents must see the Head 
Resident for permission to 
schedule the party. Any 
registered party is subject to 
immediate dispersement. 

2. Persons planning a party are 
advised to be aware of the 
following responsibilities: 

1. to report and make 
reparation for any damages 
or mishaps associated with 
the event. 

2. specify clean-up 
arrangements to 
immediately follow the 

3. provide aid to deskworker as 
needed for sign-in and sign- 
out of non-resident guests, 

4. to provide security 

arrangements for monitoring 
the behavior of guests and 
participation of "crashers" 
and to notify an RA of any 
potentially harmful 

No kegs are allowed in the 
residence halls at Fitchburg State 
College. All events which involve 
alcoholic beverages must be in 
accordance with city and state 


Alcohol Policios 

A. Fitchburg State College 

recognizes that federal, state and 
local laws govern the manufacture 
transportation, distribution, 
storing, sale and use of alcoholic 
beverages. Strict adherence to 
these laws must be observed, as 
violations are subject to 
prosecution by civil authorities. 
Some of the more pertinent of 
these laws are: 

1. A license by the City of 
Fitchburg is required if 
alcoholic beverages are to be 

2. No person or group shall 
purchase or otherwise 
procure alcoholic beverages 
for the purpose of 
consumption by a minor, as 
legally defined, unless the 
acquiring person is the 
spouse, parent, or guardian 
of the minor. 

3. Anyone under the legal 
drinking age shall not 
purchase in any manner or 
transport alcoholic 
beverages. Transportation is 
permitted only in the 
company of a parent or 


4. Public intoxication is now 
governed by civil statutes 
involving potential civil 

5. Driving a motor vehicle 
under the influence is illegal. 

6. Violations of civil law are 
subject to civil action. 

7. A Fitchburg City Ordinance 
calls for a $200 fine for 
possession of open liquor 
containers in public in the 
City of Fitchburg. 

In addition to the preceding laws 
and others which may be 
established by legislative bodies, 
the following rules and 
regulations apply to the property 
of Fitchburg State College and its 
use by college students and/ or 
employees. (College property 
includes property owned or leased 
by the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts and used by the 
College and property owned and 
leased by the Massachusetts State 
College Building Authority and 
used by the College.) 

1. Functions must be restricted 
to members of the College 
community and their guests. 

2. Alcoholic beverages may not 
be served, sold or consumed 
at the McKay Campus 
School (GL 272 Section 40A). 

3. Serving and consumption of 
alcoholic beverages at 
campus functions will be 
permitted only after 
approval concerning the 
purpose, time, place, type of 
beverage and other pertinent 
information, by the 
appropriate officer of the 
respective segment or other 
group. They are: 



a. Faculty: Academic 
Vice President 

b. Students: Vice 
President for Student 

c. Staff: Assistant to the 

Recognized college organizations, 
after receiving clearance for use 
of College property, may apply for 
a license from the Fitchburg 
Licensing Commission, City Hall, 
718 Main Street, Fitchburg, Mass., 
telephone 342-1817. All requests 
shall be submitted seven (7) 
working days in advance and 
shall indicate how the beverage 
will be funded and who will obtain 
the license. 

Consumption of alcoholic 
beverage in residence halls is 
permitted in accordance with the 
existing laws. The Housing Office 
has set up rules for its residents 
in conjunction with the Office of 
Student Life. Please consult the 
Housing Director for rules 
regarding registration of parties, 
and see the section of this 
Handbook on Residence Hall 

On other college property 
alcoholic beverges may be 
consumed only when approved by 
the designated officer of the 
respective segment. 

Appeals may be requested by the 
applicant and the application will 
be forwarded to the Appeals 
Board. This Board will be 
composed of an Administrator, a 
faculty member, a staff member and 

Violation of college regulations 
will be considered by the 
respective officer of the involved 


H. Whenever you plan an activity, 
whether alcohol is being served or 
not, you first concern should be 
the well-being of your guests. 
Please take a few minutes to 
review this list. If you do, your 
program may be better. 

1. What is the purpose of your 
program? Can you achieve 
the same purpose without 
serving alcohol? 

2. Beverage alternatives to 
alcohol must be served. Will 
the alternative beverage be 
served in the same manner 
as alcohol? Is the cost for 
the nonalcoholic beverage 
cheaper or the same price as 
the alcoholic drink? 
Remember that at least 1/3 
of the adult population does 
not drink. Some people, for 
a variety of reasons, do not 
wish to drink on all 
occasions, and these people 
should be able to get a soft 
drink without a hassle. 

3. Is it possible to buy one 
drink? You may be 
encouraging drinking by 
selling "5 drinks for $1", or 
"all you can drink." This 
kind of advertising will not 
be permitted on campus. 

4. Are your proportions 
equivalent? 4 oz. of wine = 
12 oz. of beer = 1 oz. of liquor. 
People like to know the 
amount of alcohol they 
consume. If you load their 
drinks you may be creating 

a problem. 

5. Food to eat must be provided. 
What are you pushing: 
alcohol or food? 

6. If someone gets drunk, are 
you prepared to deal with the 
problem? Are you assertive 
enough to say that they 

cannot have any more? Can 
you or volunteers drive that 
person home? Who cleans 
up if they get sick? 

7. Do you stop serving alcohol 
before closing? Do you 
begin to serve coffee about 
one hour before closing? 

8. Are you controlling your 
atmosphere? Is it relaxing? 
Are there alternatives to 
standing and drinking? Can 
people talk? Is the lighting 
bright enough to see what 
you are eating or drinking, 
but not so bright as to be 
glaring or uncomfortable? 

Pub Rules and Regulations 
Campus Canter, 
Fitchburg State College 

1. All rules and regulations of the 
Alcoholic Beverages Control 
Commission and the City of 
Fitchburg Licensing Commission 
will be adhered to. 

2. All rules and regulations of 
Fitchburg State College 
pertaining to alcoholic beverages 
will be adhered to, also. 

3. The following Pub Lounge 
regulations are established by the 
management and must be adhered 

A. Only students, faculty and 
staff of the College and their 
guests will be permitted in 
the Pub Area. 

B. Proper ID is required for 
admittance. All students, faculty 
and staff must show both a 
currently valid College ID 

card AND a valid 
Massachusetts Driver's 
License or Registry Card. 
All guests must show a 
valid Massachusetts 
Driver's License or Registry 

C. Only one guest is permitted per 
College ID card holder. All 
guests must register with the 
Checker's Table. 


D. Profanity, abusive and 
vulgar language will not be 

E. Deliberate damage to 
furniture, fixtures or any 
part of the Pub or building 
will not be allowed. In the 
event of any damage, the 
individual responsible shall 
pay all costs involved. 

F. Fighting or throwing of any 
object will not be allowed. 

G. Anyone refusing to show 
college ID will not be 
allowed to enter. 

H. The decision to refuse 

service to anyone believed to 
be overly intoxicated, 
causing a disturbance, or a 
known minor, will rest with 
the bartender in charge, or 

I. Anyone who has been 

refused service for any of the 
above reasons or refuses to 
leave may lose the privilege 
of use of the Pub for seven 
(7) days of operation. A 
second offense may result in 
the loss of the Pub privilege 
for the rest of the semester. 

J. Anyone who has lost his/her 
Campus Center privileges 
will be denied entrance to the 
Pub until privileges are 

Use of Holmes Dining Commons 
for Special Events 

1. All requests by student 
organizations for the use of 
Holmes Dining Commons for 
activities must be initiated with 
the Campus Center Office. 
Appropriate clearances must be 
obtained from the cafeteria 
management (and applicable 
cleaning deposits paid) and from 

the Campus Police. 
Arrangments for cleanup, 
sercurity, serving of non-alcoholic 
beverages must be made. 

2. If the event is one at which beer 
will be sold, once the above 
procedure has been completed, the 
organization must inform the 
Student Life Office of its plans 
and intentions prior to 
approaching the Fitchburg 
Licensing Commission. 

3. A one-day license for sale of beer 
then needs to be obtained from the 
Fitchburg Licensing Commission, 
City Hall, 718 Main Street, 
Fitchburg, MA, 342-1817. It is the 
responsibility of the sponsoring 
organizations to initiate requests 
for these licenses, and these 
requests should be made in 
writing at least a month in 
advance of the requested date of 
the event. The License 
Commission has complete 
discretion and authority in 
granting or refusing a license on a 
given date. 

4. It is the policy of the License 
Commission to grant no more 
than two (2) one-day licenses per 
month for such functions at the 

5. The Student Life Office acts as a 
liaison with the Fitchburg 
Licensing Commission in the 
granting of the licenses. It is the 
usual practice of the Licensing 
Commission to check with the 
Student Life Office prior to 
consideration of a license request 
to make sure that the Student Life 
Office is aware of the plans for the 
event, that proper procedures 
have been followed by the 
requesting organization, and that 
the Student Life Office has given 
permission for the event to take 


Because of the large number of 
requests for events of this kind, 
the Student Life Office has 
established the following criteria 
for granting of requests for such 
events as of September 1, 1978. 

A. All requests for events in a 
given month must be 
submitted by the first of the 
preceding month. For 
example, a request for an 
event on November 10th 
must be submitted by 
October 1st. The procedures 
outlined in numbers 1-3 
above must have been 

7. Beginning Spring Semester 1979, 
the only nights available for the 
use of Holmes Dining Commons 
for groups other than the SGA 
Programs Committee is Saturday. 

8. In addition to the Campus Center 
Pub being closed on evenings 
when Holmes Dining Commons 
has an event which serves 
alcohol; Holmes Dining Commons 
will not be available for a special 
event which serves alcohol on 
nights when entertainment is 
scheduled in the Campus Center 

Animals on Campus 

After the first of each month, 
the Student Life Office will 
support requests for events 
submitted for the following 
month from organizations 
with the following priorities. 

1. SGA Programs 

2. Residence Halls 

3. SGA recognized and 
funded organizations 
alone or in combination 
with each other 

4. SGA recognized and 
funded organizations in 
combination with SGA 
recognized organizations 

Due to health and safety considerations, 
no animals can be allowed on campus 
or in campus buildings at any time. 
Obvious exceptions would be seeing- 
eye dogs and laboratory animals. 

Cafeteria Behavior 

The college is lucky to have spacious 
facilities and a good food program to 
serve its many resident and commuting 
students, faculty, staff and guests. A 
pleasant cafeteria atmosphere not only 
reflects a civilized community, it also 
respects the needs of others to enjoy a 
few moments of quiet or conversation 
during a busy day. The student food 
committees welcome suggestions on 
everything from food quality to 
atmosphere to help you make our food 
service responsive to our many needs. 

As between groups of equal 
priority, the date of 
submission of the request 
will determine priority, with 
the exception that no group 
except the SGA Programs 
Committee may sponsor 
more than one program per 
year alone or in combination 
with any other group, unless 
there are no other requests 
for use of Holmes for a 
given month. 

The following policy has been 
established to ensure a pleasant 
cafeteria atmosphere: 

1. If there are grievances of any kind 
about the food service in any of its 
locations, contact one of the 

A. Food Service (James Moran, 
Manager, Holmes Dining 
Commons, Ext. 157). 

B. Will Stephenson, Campus 
Center, telephone 343-7394. 

C. Any member of the student 
food committees (names 
available from either of the 
above. Vice President for 
Student Services or Vice 
President for Administration). 
The food committees meet 
regularly and will discuss 
all concerns from nutrition 
to noise. 

2. If the grievances seem unattended, 
contact Mr. John Boursy, Vice 
President for Administration or 
Dr. Bill Donohue. Vice President 
for Student Services. 

3. In the event of unruly behavior in 
the cafeterias, such as loud or 
prolonged disturbances; throwing 
of food; verbal harassment of food 
service staff or other members of 
the college community or its 
guests, the manager or supervisor 
has the right to ask anyone to 
leave the premises. Failure to 
comply will result in disciplinary 
action, and the permanent 
revocation of the right to eat in 
the cafeterias with no reund of 
any monies paid after the normal 
refund period. 

4. Slipping someone into the 
cafeteria to consume food or the 
misuse and misrepresentation of 
an identification card is an offense 
punishable by the campus judicial 

5. Less severe problems such as 
chronic disregard of requests to 
return trays, clean tables on 
departure, respect furniture or 
other diners may be handled 

A. A request to stop the 
offensive behavior is 
customary and expected 
from the offended party. It's 
also courteous, given the 
pressures of college life 
and each individual's needs 

to let off steam, express 
himself or herself, or simply 
to make others aware of his 
or her indiscretions. All 
college staff and students 
have the right and duty to 
respond to offensive 

B. Should a request by any 
member of the college 
community go unheeded, the 
food service supervisor 
should be contacted; and 
after introducing him /herself 
and sitting down with those 
involved to explain the need 
for cooperation, should give 
a verbal warning, and may 
provide the offender with a 
copy of this policy or ask to 
see the student's 
identification card. 

C. If the warning is not 
reasonably responded to, the 
supervisor has the following 

1. Repeat the warning. 

2. Ask the people to leave 
the cafeteria (see 3 
above) and initiate 
judicial action through 
the Student Life 
Office or the 

Student Judicial Board. 

D. Any abuse of this policy or 
disregard for a request to 
leave the cafeteria may 
result in the calling of 
Campus Police. 

Confidentiality of Student Records 

This is a summary of the 
Massachusetts State College System 
Guidelines Pertaining to Confidentiality 
of Students Records. Copies of the 
Guidelines are available for study at 
the library and at offices where records 
are kept. 


Education records include "records, 
files, documents and other materials 
which ... contain information directly 
related to a student" and "are 
maintained by an educational agency or 
institution." The following are 
excluded: personal files of faculty and 
administrators; law enforcement 
records; medical, psychiatric, or 
psychological records and, employment 
records of non-student personnel. 

Directory Information "includes a 
student's name, address, telephone 
listing, date and place of birth, school 
or college, major field of study, 
participation in officially recognized 
activities and sports, weight and height 
of members of athletic teams, dates of 
attendance, degrees and awards 
received, and the most recent previous 
educational agency or institution 
attended by the student." 

The College will release directory 
information upon request unless the 
student involved requests in writing 
that it be suppressed. Such request 
must be made annually no later than 
October 1st or, for second semester 
entrants, February 1st, at the Student 
Life Office. 

Access Rights of Students: Students 
may have access to records other than 
those pertaining to parental financial 
information and those containing 

confidential evaluations and 

recommendations written prior to 
January 1, 1975. A student may waive 
his/her right to access to materials 
submitted after that date but must not 
be required to do so. When a waiver 
has been employed, the student may, 
upon request, be notified of the names 
of those who have submitted 
evaluations or recommendations. 

Access Rights of Others: No one shall 
have access to education records 
without written consent by the student 
except for the following: 

2. Federal auditors who require 
information by state and federal 

3. Financial aid personnel 
processing applications; 

4. Research agencies which must 
use data in such a way that 
individuals cannot be identified 
and who will destroy the 
information when it is no longer 

5. Accrediting agencies; 

6. Parents of dependent students 
under certain conditions; and 

7. Others in emergency situations 
involving health or safety. 

How to Gain Access to a Record: A 

student who wishes to examine a record 
must obtain a request form from the 
Student Life Office upon presentation 
of a proper identification card. The 
request form must be completed, and a 
photostat together with the 
identification card presented to the 
office where the record is kept. Only 
the permanent card (transcript) is 
considered as a "permanent educational 
record." Other records may be 
destroyed in accordance with 
established schedules. Students may 
challenge contents of a record. The 
keeper of said record will discuss the 
challenge and indicate steps available 
to the student. The correctness of an 
assigned grade is not open to challenge 
but the accuracy of its recording is. 

Types and Locations of Records: The 

following listing denotes types of 
records and the record keeping office in 
the daytime session of the College. 
Students in other sessions of the 
College should consult with the offices 
of those Divisions to determine their 
record-keeping locations. 

Faculty and staff who have a 
legitimate interest; 


Type of Record 




Financial Aid 



Office of Record 


Director of 


Director of Athletics 

Student Life 

Business Office 

Director of Financial 


Director of Placement 

Student Life 

Coordinator of 
Veterans Affairs 

V. Maintaining Records of Data 

VI. Access to Personal Data 
VII. Data Subject Objection 
VIII. General Procedures 
IX. Enforcement Procedures 

Students should note that if any of 
these regulations should conflict with 
applicable provisions of the federal 
Family Education Rights and Privacy 
Act of 1974, as amended, or of any 
regulations promulgated pursuant to 
said act, the provisions of said federal 
act or federal regulations shall control. 

Facilities Reservations 

Since physical location of offices is 
subject to change, the student should 
consult the directory at the Highland 
Avenue entrance to the Administration 

Questions related to the material above 
should be referred to the Student Life 
Office. Again, it should be noted that 
the above is a digest and that the 
complete guidelines are available for 
study at the offices listed above and in 
the Library. 

Privacy and Confidentiality 
Regulations Pursuant to Fair 
Information Practices Act 

All requests for use of on-campus 
facilities must be initiated in the 
Campus Center Office. Please consult 
the Campus Center for information 
regarding facilities and refer to the 
Programmer's Guide, published by the 
Campus Center, for specific 

Massachusetts Trespass Act 

Fitchburg State College is governed by 
the Massachusetts Trespass Act, 
enacted June 2, 1969. 

Trespasing Upon the Land of Certain 

Privacy and Confidentiality regulations 
pursuant to the Fair Information 
Practices Act-F.I.P.A.-(Chapter 776 of 
the Acts of 1975) are posted, together 
with a copy of the Chapter 776 and the 
name of the F.I.P.A. administrator on 
appropriate bulletin boards at the 
College. They may also be examined at 
the offices of the Vice Presidents of the 
College and of the F.I.P.A. 

Included in these regulations are the 
following sections intended to 
implement this law. 

I. Intent 

II. Definitions 

III. Implementation Responsibilities 

IV. Security Procedures 

Whoever willfully trespasses upon land 
or premises belonging to the 
Commonwealth, or to any authority 
established by the general court for 
purposes incidental to higher education 
... after notice from an officer of any of 
said institutions to leave said land, 
remains thereon, shall be punished by a 
fine of not more than $50 or by 
imprisonment for not more than three 


Fitchburg State College's policy 
prohibits discrimination on the basis of 
race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, 
national origin, marital or parental 
status, or handicap, in compliance with 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 
1973, in the recruitment and admission 
of students, the recruitment and 
employment of faculty and staff, or in 
the operation of any of its programs 
and activities, as specified by federal 
and state laws and regulations. 

In keeping with Title IX of the 1972 
Education Amendments Act, Fitchburg 
State College guarantees that no 
student shall be excluded from 
participation in, denied the benefits of, 
or be subjected to discrimination in any 
of the College's programs or activities. 
This assurance extends to all aspects of 
the operation of the College affecting 
students, such as admissions, financial 
aid, counseling of all types, classroom 
procedures, academic and educational 
programs, athletics, housing, funding 
of activities, and use of facilities. 

Past-Due Student Accounts 

Any indebtedness to the College which 
becomes past due, immediately 
jeopardizes the student's enrollment 
and no such student shall be permitted 
to graduate or register for a subsequent 
semester or summer school term. 
Further, any student who fails to pay 
all indebtedness to the College may not 
be issued diplomas, degrees, or other 
official statements, unless otherwise 
mandated by law. 

Due dates are posted annually by the 
Chief Fiscal Officer. 

Parking Regulations 

Parking facilities at Fitchburg State 
College are limited, but are being 
gradually expanded. 

Commuting students are required to 
obtain identification stickers if they 
wish to park in student lots on campus. 

There are no parking areas assigned to 
resident students. Junior and senior 
residents whose curricula require 
travel to nursing and teaching 
assignments should confer with the 
Student Life Office. 

More specific information is contained 
in the booklet entitled "Motor Vehicle 
Regulations," available from the 
Campus Police. 




Fitchburg State College maintains its policy of non-discrimination and affirmative action in fulfillment of the 
requirements of Executive Order 11246 and 11375. Titles IV, VI, VII, IX and X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as 
amended in 1972. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable state and federal statutes.